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Spring is finally here!

MARCH UPDATE

It's officially Spring, and we think there's no better way to celebrate than getting outside and diving into Creek Week! There's still four days left to participate in a creek clean up, take a green infrastructure tour, learn what's in your water, grab a free reusable shopping tote, paddle on the Eno River, look for frogs in Sandy Creek Park, and much more! Tell us about your favorite Creek Week events by posting to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #DurhamCreekWeek.

<--Register your own creek clean up and explore other Creek Week events here!

Take action in your community!

Upcoming volunteer opportunities and events

Join us at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the brand new West Ellerbe Creek Trail section this Thursday, March 22nd from 5:30 to 7pm! This 1.5 mile greenway trail connects Phase I of the West Ellerbee Creek Trail that currently terminates at Westover Park near Guess Road to the North/South Greenway on Stadium Drive. Trail users will now be able to access a previously unseen section of West Ellerbee Creek, artwork in the I-85 pedestrian underpass, shopping on the North Pointe Drive, residential communities, and Durham's existing trail network. 
 
It's our great pleasure to announce the recipients of our Spring/Summer Community Grant Program! Congratulations to the following organizations--we're excited to see to your projects take shape!

--Braggtown Community Association for their Yoga Gardening Project
--Lyon Park Neighborhood Association for their Langley Community Spring Garden
--Parkwood Elementary PTA for their Reinvigorating Classroom Gardens
--Urban Community AgriNomics for their Catawba Trail Farm Garden Project
--Pearsontown Elementary PTA for their Pearsontown Spring Cleanup
We’ve been blown away by the support for our Skip the Straw Campaign! So far thirteen local businesses and over 240 individuals have promised to reduce or eliminate their use of those pesky pieces of single use plastics through the month of March (and hopefully beyond!). We encourage everyone to support those establishments (pictured below) that have promised to either only offer straws by request, or completely discontinue the use of disposable plastic straws and instead offer compostable or reusable alternatives. Let's show the world that Durham cares about sustainability and waste reduction!
 
It's that time again! Nominations are open for the 2018 INDY Week Best of the Triangle Awards, and we'd love to have your support! The nomination period runs until Sunday, April 8th, and the top 4 nominees in each category make it to the final ballot, open April 23rd - May 20th. Head to the link below to fill out your ballot, and look for us in the Services section under "Best Nonprofit in Durham County". Help us do more good in Durham by spreading the word!
 

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